Sailing the seas depends on the Helmsman.” CCP revolutionary song.

WHILE the world divides like World Cup fans deciding who supports China over Taiwan or not, a major crisis exists far closer to home. PNG, Australian and now NZ peacekeepers have deployed to Honiara to assist Solomon Islands police deal with internal political dissent, although that is a simplistic description of a complex situation.

Senior Papua New Guineans are deeply troubled by events in the Solomons, which forms the southern part of the island chain that includes Bougainville, formerly a PNG province and now an independent republic.

In exactly the same way fluid family relationships exist across the Australian – PNG border in the Torres Strait, so boundaries originally established by accidental colonial history mean nothing to people related by blood in the whole Solomons Islands chain.

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